Weekend close-down for the Planning Portal so they can charge us £20 to submit planning applications online

We won’t be in the office on Saturday, this weekend, submitting planning applications for clients, as we sometimes do.  The Planning Portal will be unavailable to us from this evening until Monday morning.

The Portal will now send applications and payments to the relevant local authorities together, as soon as they have confirmed successful payment.  Previously, our clients could ring/pop in/send a cheque to the Council to pay their application fee.  Sometimes that fee made it straight to the planning department to be married-up with the pending application we submitted via the Portal; sometimes it didn’t.  But that didn’t happen very often

There will be a per-application charge for the service ( £16.67+VAT for any application which attracts a fee).  Applications where no fee is payable will be sent directly to the local authority with no service charge applied.

C2C Planning Consultants will not be absorbing this Portal fee and will be passing it on to our clients.  So, in addition to the increase in fees in January this year, the cost of submitting planning applications has increased once again!

Appeal won to convert barn to dwelling under Class Q

It took two planning applications and an appeal to the Secretary of State to finally be granted planning permission to convert this beauty into a dwelling.

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The issue centred around whether the appellant must “prove beyond all reasonable doubt” that the building and its associated land was in sole agricultural use.   Continue reading Appeal won to convert barn to dwelling under Class Q

Ruin our thoughts of golf, cricket or mountain biking over the Spring/Summer!

Avoid the potential of 20% increased planning application fees in July by submitting your planning application by June.

Government recently announced that they  will increase nationally set planning fees. Local authorities will be able to increase fees by 20% from July 2017 if they commit to invest the additional fee income in their planning department.

They are also minded to allow an increase of a further 20% for those authorities who are delivering the homes their communities need.

While you keep more money in your pocket, we will keep our green fees in ours while we slave over a hot desk to get your planning application in before the significant rise in fees! Depending on the scale of the project, we will need to be instructed over the next 6 weeks, so don’t delay and contact us today.

 

 

Handelsbanken in Plymouth

C2C Planning Consultants has assisted the Handelsbanken to locate to the ground floor of Salt Quay House in Plymouth, completing the ‘professional services building’ with our colleagues the Foot Anstey law firm, an accountant and now the bank.

Handelsbanken comes to Salt Quay House in Plymouth
Handelsbanken comes to Salt Quay House in Plymouth

The ground floor unit has been empty since the building was constructed in 2009. Despite the strong and sustained marketing of the premises by companies such as JLL and Vickery Holman there has been no serious interest in the ground floor unit for its designated A1/A3 Use Class (a shop or café/restaurant) .

We submitted an application to remove the condition so that the ground floor unit can be occupied either as a shop, a café/restaurant, a financial institution (A2), or as an office (B1).

Having met initial resistance, we successfully argued that the original restrictive condition and a short temporary grant of planning permission were contrary to the Framework in that they did not encourage a strong, competitive economy, but rather acted as an impediment to sustainable economic growth in this part of Sutton Harbour. The amendments to the GPDO in 2014 allows the change of use of an A1 unit to A2 without requiring the benefit of planning permission.

We still had to fight hard to show the Council that the use of the ground floor by an A2 use was more active and inviting to the Quayside than the empty unit!  Eventually, we were granted the benefit of planning permission and Handelsbanken moved in last week.

With over 10,000 employees, 800 branches and opening over 140 branches in the UK alone in the last 15 years, this Swedish bank has ambitious growth plans.

Please take the opportunity to pop in and say hello if you are passing. The manager is Phillip Harvey. Their official launch will take place later in the summer. May we wish them every success !